Kik Messenger and the Controversies That Surrounded It

Kik Messenger the choice for criminals who prey on children – Report [1]

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Agent: Most Middle Tenn. child exploitation cases stem from messaging app KIK

Special agent Dennis Fetting with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security told News 2 that 75 percent of the child exploitation cases he investigates in Middle Tennessee are traced back to the predator making initial contact with the victim through the free KIK messenger app.

Special agent, Dennis Fetting with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Photo: WKRN)

“KIK messenger is a Canadian-based social media app. Big problem with KIK is number one it is very anonymous, so it’s very easy for adult predators to be someone that they are not,” said Agent Fetting.
Fetting says the app links random strangers up with kids to chat. He created an account using a fake name and email address in a couple minutes.
“You can see my user name is set to Not Real. I created a file name with a bunch of numbers and there was no vetting of my credentials,” he explained to News 2.

“More problematic is you can explore public groups. There are any number of public groups, many of them are inappropriate, pornography based, predator based, child pornography based,” he said.  [2]
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Anthony Weiner Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison For Transferring Obscene Material To A Minor [4]

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State Department Employee Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography An Alexandria man pleaded guilty today to production of child pornography. [5]

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Border Patrol Agent Arrested for Distribution of Child Pornography [6]


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Nebraska Man Sentenced To Prison For Producing Child Pornography A Nebraska man was sentenced today to 15 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for producing child pornography in 2015, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John… [7]
Glenville Man Charged with Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor [8]
Youngstown man charged for sharing images of young children being sexually assaulted [9]
Santa Barbara County Man Sentenced to More than Twenty Years in Federal Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography A federal judge yesterday sentenced a Santa Barbara County man to 246 months’ incarceration for distribution of child pornography. [10]

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Manchester Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses [11]
Brookville Man Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography through App DAYTON – Zachery Van Meter, 21, of Brookville, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 156 months in prison for receiving child pornography. [12]

Columbia Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Producing Child Pornography A Columbia, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for producing and possessing child pornography. [13]

Man Pleads Guilty to Coercion and Enticement of Minor A Florida man pleaded guilty today to using Kik, an instant messaging mobile application, to coerce and entice a minor. [14]

 

Over 9K listings for sex crimes w/#KIK at Justice.gov

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He thought he was talking to a 15-year-old named Sarah. Now, he’s facing life in prison. [15]

Surveillance footage in 2017 of Donald Threatt selecting rope at a Lowe’s hardware store that he thought he would use to tie up a 15-year-old girl in a sexual act. The 67-year-old man from Solano County pleaded guilty this week to attempted online enticement of a minor. U.S. Attorney’s Office

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Messenger app Kik is betting on its own cryptocurrency to upend the online business model

With its virtual token called Kin, Kik thinks it’s found a new way to monetize the Internet that could challenge Facebook, but entering the frothy world of initial coin offerings comes with some big risks

Kik’s Kin cryptocurrency joins the likes of virtual systems including bitcoin, litecoin, ripple and others.

The North American teens who make up the bulk of Kik’s user base can earn “Kik points” in addition to chatting with their friends. Encouraged by a smiling gold chat bot, users perform tasks such as watching ads and playing branded games to earn points they can exchange for digital goods like stickers and smilies.

The points currently have no real-world value since they can only be used inside Kik. But that’s about to change. Kik recently became the first company outside the cryptocurrency community to announce plans to launch a crypto-token, a digital asset transferred through a shared database, or blockchain, that ensures all transactions are verified and permanent.

Kik users will be able to earn and use a cryptocurrency called Kin within the app just as they did with Kik points, but they’ll also be able to trade it in for cash.

Unlike Bitcoin, which doesn’t have a central authority with the power to smooth out volatility or order the creation of more currency, a non-profit body called the Kin Foundation, with Kik as its founding member, will oversee Kin.

To protect the company — which has raised US$120 million in funding to date and was last valued at US$1 billion in 2015 following an investment by China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd. — Kik has assembled an international legal team to make sure it stays on the right side of the law.   [16]

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Billion-Dollar Messaging App Kik Takes on Google, Facebook With Cryptocurrency

Several million teenagers with digital wallets

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 11: Founder and CEO of Kik Ted Livingston speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on May 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

Privacy is another big question mark.  I went to download Kik to my mobile, and it asked for every possible permission, from access to my contact list to access to my microphone and camera. [17]

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[1]  MyBroadBand

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[2]  WKRN.news

[3] Twitter

[3a] Threadreader link

[3b] Archive Threadreader

[4]  Justice Dept – Anthony Weiner

[5]  Justice Dept – State Dept Employee

[6]  Justice Dept – Border Agent

[7]  Justice Dept – Nebraska Man

[8] Justice Dept – Glenville Man

[9]  Justice Dept – Youngstown Man

[10] Justice Dept – Santa Barbara Man

[11] Justice Dept – Manchaster Man

[12] Justice Dept – Brooksville Man

[13] Justice Dept – Columbia Man

[14] Justice Dept – Florida Man Coercion

[15] Sacramento Bee

[16] Financial Post

[17] Observer